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MBA Programs in Chicago

NLU MBA Programs in Chicago and Florida

Learn how to harness your individual strengths to maximize your potential as a leader. National Louis University's Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program uses a unique methodology and process to cultivate students' leadership abilities, combining traditional strategies and techniques related to individual strengths. With a focus on the concept of authentic leadership, students learn all aspects of how today's business professionals achieve results, drive positive organizational impact and lead from a place of passion, integrity and relationship development. Whether you're looking to change careers, advance in your current field or have just graduated with your bachelor's degree, you’ll learn how to lead in the real world when you earn an MBA degree in Chicago or Florida.

Choose NLU's online MBA programs in Chicago or our blended MBA program if you:

  • Want to develop skills relevant to your unique strengths and the knowledge required to be an effective leader and organizational change agent, with a focus on authentic leadership
  • Wish to increase your real-world business acumen through solving business problems in class, growing your teamwork skills, and learning to think and manage strategically
  • Are looking to network and make connections that will stay with you throughout your career

Students begin with "Leadership and Organizational Behavior," a signature class that sets the stage for the MBA degree program. Over the course of their studies, students gain a heightened understanding of how to enhance their own leadership effectiveness through self-assessment, simulation and reflection, reinforcing skills such as:

  • Dynamic environment management
  • Problem solving/analysis
  • Strategic integration
  • Effective communication
  • Teamwork
  • Ethical responsibility

Students also gain a solid foundation of business knowledge, including the ability to analyze organizational issues, evaluate possible alternatives and determine appropriate actions through the application of finance, economics, strategy, organizational and human resources, and marketing.

The MBA program concludes with the comprehensive Capstone Simulation, where student teams work together to run a company.

Whether you choose to pursue a degree in Florida or Illinois, the online MBA degree program through NLU offers two options. We offer a highly engaged, fully online learning environment for students anywhere.

Meanwhile, our blended format of online and on-campus work enables you to earn your degree with a combination of online activity and occasional classroom workshops. Students pursing an MBA degree in Illinois will meet face-to-face every other week, and Florida MBA students will meet once per term.

Regardless of the option you choose, you have the power to study when it's most convenient for you — anywhere, anytime.

Today’s companies seek leaders with a broad understanding of the dynamics of the global economy, the management and organizational skills needed to effect change, and the communication skills required to motivate team members and engage diverse constituencies.

The Graduate Management Admission Council's Corporate Recruiters Survey 2017 indicates positive hiring trends for MBA graduates across a wide range of industries. The proportion of employers seeking new business school graduates continued to show a strong upward trend in 2017, as 86 percent of companies planned to add MBA graduates to their workforce. This is up from 79 percent of companies that hired these candidates in 2016.

Some of the career options for MBA degree holders include:

  • Advertising or marketing manager
  • Budget analyst
  • Management consultant
  • Financial analyst
  • Financial manager
  • Management analyst
  • Personal financial advisor
  • Entrepreneurial ventures
  • Leadership focused, strong curriculum — NLU provides students with foundational business knowledge with a unique emphasis and process to develop individualized leadership skills.
  • Quality matters — Course templates are designed to ensure each online and face-to-face course provides an excellent academic experience.
  • Accessible faculty — Learn from instructors with extensive professional experience and a track record of successfully training and mentoring adult learners.
  • Adult-focused program — This is offered in a format designed for the professional development of adult learners.
  • Diversity — NLU has a supportive student population from a wide range of backgrounds and life and career experiences.
  • Flexibility — Classes are offered fully on campus, online or a combination of both.
  • Good value — Earn high-quality credentials for career success without a hefty price tag.
  • IACBE accreditation — Take full advantage of NLU’s recognized outcome-based curriculum and leadership focus.

On-site, Online and Blended Format Options

Students at our Illinois and Florida locations can take advantage of NLU's MBA offered face-to-face, 100% online, or in our new blended format designed to deliver the ultimate flexibility. The blended format includes the perfect mix of online coursework combined with face-to-face, dynamic interactive learning. Florida residents who choose the online format will join a diverse community of learners from Chicago and across the nation.

For more information about enrolling at NLU Florida, connect with an Enrollment Specialist or Apply for Free today.

All applicants must meet NLU's general admission requirements, as well as additional requirements specific to this program. Refer to the appropriate application checklist available online at

Get more information today about enrolling in NLU's Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program. Connect with an Enrollment Specialist or call 888.NLU.TODAY (888-658-8632).


    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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